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Gay Saint Nick Jim Stevenson Melts Hearts In 'I Am Santa Claus' Documentary: VIDEO

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I Am Santa Claus, the new documentary starring the WWE's Mick Foley, chronicles the day-to-day lives of four professional Santa Clauses with the aim of solving a Christmas riddle: "Whose lap is your child sitting on?"

In the case of Jim Stevenson (above left, with partner Alex), the short answer is as follows, according to the flim's KickStarter page

Santa Jim resides in Ft. Worth, TX and is the proud winner of "Mr. Texas Bear Round-Up," the largest gathering of hairy, overweight, homosexual men in the country. Although retired, he has seasonal work as a Santa. He is in a relationship with a Denver Colorado man 30 years his junior whom he calls "his special elf."

StevensonAccording to Fort Worth Weekly, Stevenson — who won Mr. Polar Bear at the Texas Bear Round-Up in 2001— also models bear erotica and does naked photo shoots for adult film companies when he's not entertaining kids as Santa. (Stevenson is shown at right in a photo from his Facebook page.)

"When I finally found out that there was any such thing as men who liked men, I knew that's what I had been all along," the 73-year-old Stevenson says in the film's trailer, which shows him kissing his partner on a merry-go-round. 

Whether intentional or not, I Am Santa Claus sounds like a recipe for serious anti-gay backlash (cue the pedophilia attacks), and The Mary Sue reports that there has already been some: 

Posts featuring homophobic messages spread to the film’s various social network sites. Some comments threatened Mick [Foley], some threatened Jim, and many used slurs that will not be repeated. The blowback got so bad that Mick announced a break from his personal Facebook page, the space where three-fourths of his friends are other Santas who have been incredibly supportive of the film.

WWE's Foley, an aspring Santa Claus who is the star of the film and has been supportive of the LGBT community, comes to Stevenson's defense against anti-gay critics: 

“I am a guy who used to go out of my way to make people dislike me for a career. But this is what puts people over the edge?” Foley said. “I hope people will watch the movie before judging and see the struggle to live up to the spirit and legacy of the red suit, to spread joy to others. They will feel the warmth from Jim.”

If there's ongoing or organized anti-gay backlash over Santa Jim, I couldn't find it online. In fact, the reaction among reviewers has been glowingly postiive. 

Iann Robinson at CraveOnline writes: 

The conservative crowd might bristle at a gay man involved in a film about Santa, but that’s their problem. Jim is incredibly likeable, a sweet soul with a delightful southern twang, and an affable demeanor.

StevensonposterThe site My Broken Fiat: A Catholic Mom's Journey includes a disclamer about potentially offensive content at the top of its review, but goes on to say this:  

Now I actually felt my readership cringe at the word "homosexual." Let me make very clear that Santa Jim, the rainbow-suspendered Santa who proudly displays his "Mr. Texas Bear Round-up" medals while parading through a homosexual dance-off, is not a horrible man hell-bent on infecting children with ideas of man-on-man love.  

In truth, he's actually my favorite Santa (after Foley) because you cannot help but feel the supreme and all-encompassing joy he gets from making others happy as Santa Claus. His personality is so genuine, loving and humble that you can't help but want to reach through the screen and hug him close.  

And Larry Gallagher writes at This Is Infamous

Jim comes off in the film as one of the sweetest human beings you could ever meet and it is impossible to not be touched by the sentiment he shows towards being able to mean something in people’s lives by dressing up as Santa Claus.

I Am Santa Claus, produced by Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame, had a limited theatrical release this month and is now available on DVD and iTunes. It will be available on Netflix on Nov. 25.  

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Muscle Bears 'Trying' to Love One Another in Melancholy Music Video: WATCH

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Jazz musician and Boston-based composer Mike Flanagan, aka MRF, has a new video premiering this weekend for his breakup song "Trying," off his iTunes album Mob Music. Telling the story of bear romance gone wrong, the beautifully shot clip may be a little on the sad side but the muscle bear couple (one half of which is Flanagan himself) more than make up for the melancholy.

While bears tend to appear online in either extremely comic situations (like the web series Where The Bears Are and the Bear City rom coms) or seriously sexual ones, it's nice for change to see them portrayed with a bit of reality and a touch of romance too.

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Disney's Nature Doc 'Bears' Gets the Furry Gay Parody You've Been Waiting For: WATCH

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A film about the the hunger, the shadiness, and the strength it takes to raise a family.

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Bear Cub Takes Playtime On The Putting Green: VIDEO

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The Mountainside Golf Course at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in British Columbia's Rocky Mountains got an unlikely visitor in the way of a bear cub (four legs, not two) who wandered on to the resort's putting green. When it realized the pole marking the hole wasn't much good for back-scratching, he then tried his best to reach the bright red flag up top before turning his attention to the much more accessible golf ball that was just lying there, begging to be played with.

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Bear Alert: Fresno Police Chief Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Though Fresno's Police Chief Jerry Dyer was originally going to just write a check to support ALS, he instead decided to get in on the ice bucket sensation and donate. And rather than just take the challenge in full uniform (like a certain superhero we know), the chief decided to take it off to feel the full brunt of the challenge.

Watch the 2 videos (part 1 and 2) that may have some of you saying "woof", HERE and HERE.

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New Jersey Bear Strolls Through Neighborhood On Two Legs: VIDEO

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For a change of pace, this is a post about bears of the Stephen Colbert "godless eating machines" variety.

Ian Bohman of New Jersey stepped outside his suburban home only to find a local ursimorph out for a stroll. While a bear in your neighborhood is cause for concern, this particular bear tried to blend in with the locals by walking on its hind legs like your standard bipedal human. So either someone is very adept at costuming, or World of Warcraft's Pandaren race are less a flight of fancy and more a plausible evolutionary prediction.

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